Jacquilyn, Thank you for your nice comments about the DNA study.I'm so pleased your brother will be a part of the study.The waiting for results will seem endless, I'm sure.
Almost all the comments that have been directed to me about the DNA project have been favorable.I'm really pleased with the response, now with 14 enrolled in the study.I think that is a great turn out for such an uncommmon name.However, we would welcome more particpants for the more participants we have the more information we will have about the branchings of the family.
Yes, there is always the possibility of uncovering surprising facts but that is also a risk in traditional research, too.Personally, I still favor the truth.I'm reminded of one of my early genealogy teachers who was a member of First Families of Ohio.In her research for her Pioneer Ancestor she uncovered the fact that he was not only an Ohio Pioneer but also an axe murder.She made him the centerpiece of her talks.DNA has no importance here as she found this surprising fact through traditional research.
I am profoundly grateful to both sides of my own family (not Piatt) who stated the "born on the wrong side of the blanket" situations just as matter-of-fact facts and also preserved the names of the fathers in both situations.This was in the 1880s.Their acceptance of the situations certainly saved me much chasing down wrong roads in tracing these families.And DNA would not have helped here since I am female.
DNA has it's place to supplement traditional research and to point the way for further research.I'm delighted to be living in a time when we can use this scientific tool to help our efforts.
Again, thanks for your kind comments and please pass the word that the study is underway.